The 1962 Ford Thunderbird
The Ford Thunderbird, started life in the early 1950’s, as Chevrolet had released the Corvette, a little two seat roadster, supposedly to be a
“Cheap Hotrod”! As one executive at GM coined the term, however, the Corvette was anything but cheap, the fiberglass body was expensive to produce,
The first couple of years the Corvette was in production, didn’t see a real big time sales record of the car, it had a six cylinder engine, called
the “Blue Flame Six”, came with duel carbs, and a split exhaust, the car looked snazzy enough for the time, immediately, Ford decided that they
had a “Better Idea”!
The first Ford thunderbird was released in late 1954, for the 1955 model year, while Chevrolet created the “Hot One” that year, the Thunderbird
held its own, and was a fairly popular car, also a two seat roadster, the Thunderbird was marketed as a “Personal Luxury car, it had creature
comforts that the Corvette didn’t, two seater was where the similarity between the Corvette and Thunderbird ended.
The Tbird came with a Yblock V8, had fairly nice appointments under the hood, such as polished aluminum valve covers and a chrome breather, there
was plenty of power inside those nice details under the hood as well, inside the car itself, bucket seats, some with a small center console, most
without, but the cars were among the first with autmatic transmission shifter on the floor, to give it that sporty look.
The 55, 56 and 57 Thunderbirds all came with removable hard tops, the top was too big and awkward to fit into the trunk, so if you got caught in
the rain while out and about, well, you would have done well to order the soft top option available at the time, that tucked neatly behind the seats,
other than the fact that the hard top wouldn’t fit inside the trunk, the car did have a fairlys spacious trunk
The Ford Thunderbird when through a metamorphosis for 1958, Ford created what has become known as the “Squarebird”, the body lengthened and the car
was now a four seater.
For 1962, Ford must have heard loud and clear that they shouldn’t have done away with the two seater, but the four seater concept sold more cars,
so Ford comprimised and made the Sport Roadster, this model option for the Thunderbird lasted for only a few years, the car had special luxury
appointments, plus a Tonnouah cover which covered the rear seats, all sports roaders were convertables, all Thunderbird Converts had retractible
hard tops, thereby eliminating the the top boot, it also eliminated the need to give special care to the ragtop.
The Model By Nationale 7.
Nationale 7’s model of the 1962 Thunderbird is a very nice mesh indeed, the car of course works perfectly in Poser7, there are issues with it in
DAZ Studio 4.5 Pro, the car isn’t like most of the Nationale7 cars, as most of their cars and trucks are figures, this, like their 1957 Chevrolet
Bel-Air convertible, loads as a prop, it is one of their older models, so it does make sense.
The car requires the use of shaders, however, in order to move the car about in any scene, just click anywhere on the body, with the exception of course
of the doors.
If your going to save presets for the shaders on this car, be prepared to save a lot of them, as every little part of the car that requires shaders,
which is most of it, the body has four separate parts to color, and that all for just one color, since this car permanently has the top down, you will
probably want to shade the interior as well, I used DZFire shaders for the bodycolor, Schurby’s 65 GTO shader presets for the chrome and mirrors,
I used the leather shaders from the Ultamate Shader collection for the interior upholstry, and the aluminum from the same set for the dash panel metal.
This one normally sells for $15, however, right as this is being written, the car is on sale for $10.50.
Available at Renderosity.